Main Stage and Featured Presenters

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Thursday, August 7 - Saturday, August 9, 2014

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, MO

Opening Main Stage Session

Thursday, August 7, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.


  • Global Director of Healthcare Transformation for IBM Corporation
  • Member of the ACGME Board of Directors
  • President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition he led in creating in 2006

Dr. Paul Grundy, known as the "godfather" of the Patient-Centered Medical Home movement, is IBM Corporations global director of healthcare transformation and will speak to the value of family physicians in the U.S. health care system and the positive impact they can make at this crucial time.

Friday Main Stage Panel Session

Friday, August 8, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

The Friday main stage panel presentation will kick off the conference day with four panelists sharing perspectives on practice opportunities and career options for family physicians. The panelists will be representing rural medicine, urban/underserved medicine, academic medicine, and innovative practice.

Lilia Cardenas, MD

  • Physician at Greater Lawrence (Massachusetts) Family Health Center
  • Residency program inpatient obstetric team supervisor 
  • Former consultant for the global health organization Population Services International

Keith Davis, MD, DABFM, FAAFP

  • AAFP 2014 Family Physician of the Year
  • 2012 Idaho Family Physician of the Year
  • Medical Director of the Shoshone (Idaho) Family Medical Center

Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH

  • Associate Dean of Curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • 2010 Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year

Ryan Neuhofel, DO, MPH

  • Founder of NeuCare Family Medicine - a direct primary care practice in Lawrence, Kansas
  • NeuCare patients receive nearly all-inclusive primary care for an affordable membership fee
  • Former chief resident of the University of Kansas Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program

Closing Main Stage Session

Saturday, August 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP

  • Current AAFP President
  • Director of the Medical Student Education Division for the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University's James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • Past program director of the ETSU Kingsport Family Medicine Residency Program for more than 13 years

Dr. Blackwelder will inspire you to become patient-centered in your attitude and your actions, and show you how to have fun while doing so. It is never too early to recognize your power of personal choice. Come and nurture yourself and leave with life tools and hope! You have indeed made the right choice to follow your heart and respond to the call to becoming a healer.

Featured Workshop Presenters

Bob Phillips, MD, MSPH, FAAFP

Becoming Family Medicine: Reshaping the Landscape of Health Care

Thursday, August 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

  • American Board of Family Medicine Vice President of Research and Policy
  • Past Director of the Robert Graham Center
  • Past Vice Chair of the U.S. Council on Graduate Medical Education

Family medicine has struggled since its beginnings to become what it was created to be. The evidence for family medicine’s value is still mounting, but it is under-resourced, under-estimated, and threatening to the current business model for health care. However, there are tectonic shifts in the health system that create a real opportunity for family medicine to become what it needs to be to achieve the Triple Aim. Tectonic shifts are often accompanied by quakes, volcanic activities, and production of new mountain ranges. Family medicine will emerge from this disruption more robust than ever. But, family medicine will also undergo change to increase its value. Current students and residents are our best hope for achieving what family medicine must become.